Guyana gets US$1.7M to mainstream low emission energy technologies

As Guyana forges ahead with its plan for a ‘green’ state the Government, through the Office of Climate Change (OCC) has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to implement a project titled the “Mainstreaming Low Emissions Technologies to build Guyana’s Green Economy,” through US$1.7M financing from the GEF.

While the grant was facilitated by the OCC, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, through the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Hinterland Electrification Company are the main implementation partners.

At the opening of the Project Inception Workshop, held this morning at the Pegasus Hotel, Head of the OCC, Ms. Janelle Christian said ‘The Low Emissions Project’ aims to accelerate the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to reduce national dependency on imported fossil fuels and support Guyana on its path towards more decentralised, inclusive and resilient development.

The Project is designed to address the barriers in Guyana’s energy sector in order to develop a reliable and efficient low emission energy systems that is required for building a ‘green’ state.

Ms. Christian noted that in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement in 2015, Guyana committed to eliminating its dependence on fossil fuels for power generation by developing an energy mix consisting of wind, solar, biomass and hydropower to supply both the demand of the national grids and the energy requirements for towns and villages in the country’s hinterland.

However, for this vision to be realised, there are several enabling conditions which must be put in place including the right legislative, policy and institutional framework complemented by technological and human capacity support. Through collaboration with the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and its sub agencies, the OCC and the UNDP, Guyana was successful in its proposal to the GEF.

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